Range Resources aims to lease majority of Claysville

September 23, 2014

CLAYSVILLE - If all goes according to plan, 90 percent of Claysville Borough will soon be leased for natural gas extraction, and Claysville Volunteer Fire Department will get a new truck. It's a win-win situation, according to firefighters and Range Resources.

Firefighters joined a local consulting firm to participate in Range's pilot program, which encourages small-tract landowners to sign nonsurface leases in exchange for a donation to the community. Claysville, the first participating municipality, will receive a $500,000 fire truck from Range if the goal is met.

"There are countless examples where small tracts are simply left out of the opportunity, and this is one way to allow them to participate and benefit the fire department," Range spokesman Matt Pitzarella said in an email. "We otherwise would have paid the money to the land broker."

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